A Sailor’s Dying Wish

Make sure you have a box of tissues ready.

Surface Warriors

Bud Cloud

After signing my Pop, EM2 Bud Cloud (circa Pearl Harbor) up for hospice care, the consolation prize I’d given him (for agreeing it was OK to die) was a trip to “visit the Navy in San Diego.”

I emailed my friend and former Marine sergeant, Mrs. Mandy McCammon, who’s currently serving as a Navy Public Affairs Officer, at midnight on 28 May. I asked Mandy if she had enough pull on any of the bases in San Diego to get me access for the day so I could give Bud, who served on USS Dewey (DD-349), a windshield tour.

The next day she sent me an email from the current USS Dewey (DDG 105)’s XO, CDR Mikael Rockstad, inviting us down to the ship two days later.

We linked up with Mandy outside Naval Base San Diego and carpooled to the pier where we were…

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2 thoughts on “A Sailor’s Dying Wish

  1. Thanks for sharing my Pop’s story, Mr. Lofthouse. Thanks, too, for your service. I look forward to exploring your blog.
    Semper Fi, Jennie

    • You’re welcome. I had three uncles who served in World War II. One was in the U.S. Army and served in India and Burma (he lived into his mid 90s). The other two uncles served in the Pacific in the U.S. Navy. One was on the USS Hornet CV8, the aircraft carrier that launched the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo; fought off Midway, and was sunk in the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands.


      My youngest uncle, Robert who still lives, was involved with radar and served in submarines in the Pacific. He joined at 17 in the early years of the war and stayed in the Navy for 33 years to retire as a lieutenant commander (up through the ranks).

      Two were my mother’s brothers and one, on the Hornet, was James, my father’s brother. James was on the Hornet when it was sunk and a destroyer fished him and hundreds of others out of the water.

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